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Solent University (Southampton)

Sports Journalism

UCAS Code: SJ01

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required if studying only A Levels, but can be used in conjunction with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits and 15 P Level Credits

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma or equivalent. For a full list of accepted qualifications, please view our course entry statement: https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf Alternative entry on this course is available through the Computer Foundation Year. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

In combination with other qualifications

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Journalism

**Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.**

Jump straight into the practical world of sports journalism on this innovative practical degree, with more than twelve years’ experience of shaping the sports journalists of the future.

The course gets you into the thick of the action straight away, reporting on local and national sports for both online and traditional media platforms.

Taught by professionals and ex-professionals with more than 200 years’ experience between them, you will be a practicing journalist from day one – benefiting from outstanding teaching, facilities and contacts, along with plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice.

The course has been recently redeveloped and is constantly refined to meet the needs of the modern sports journalism industry, offering a broad spectrum of skills from print or broadcast to online and social media reporting – training you to produce a comprehensive news package that will engage and excite your audience.

The proof is in our graduates. Solent sports journalists operate at a range of top broadcast companies, including Sky Sports, BBC Sport, ESPN and talkSPORT, as well as national newspapers such as The Daily Mail and The Times. Other graduates work in the media offices of football, cricket and rugby clubs, as well as creative agencies and organisations.

And the south is a fantastic location for sporting activity. Solent University is the official education partner of Premier League side Southampton Football Club, while the nearby Ageas Bowl is home to Hampshire Cricket Club and hosts regular national and international matches. Plus the Solent itself is a popular race sailing location, hosting major events such as the America’s Cup.

Solent’s sports journalism degree has an excellent track record of producing graduates who enter some of the biggest and most respected organisations in the media world.

**What does this course lead to?**
Graduating with hands-on experience as a practising journalist, you will find many doors open to you when looking for work in sports media. From film making, TV and radio presenting, to writing, editing, creative social media, or media officer roles, graduates have gone on to hugely diverse careers. We have former students working in the media teams of football clubs, presenting TV and radio bulletins on Sky Sports and talkSPORT, creating videos for social media giants, writing for broadsheet newspapers/magazines and much more.

**Who is this course for?**
Solent’s sports journalism degree is ideally suited for people with a passion for sport, excited by the prospect of working in a demanding, deadline-driven environment, and looking to build experience in state-of-the-art facilities and using the kind of professional-grade equipment you will find out in the industry. If you want to make an impact on the world, sports journalism at Solent could be the best choice you make.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Ethics and Law for the Sports Journalist
Sports Studio Radio Skills
Writing Sports Stories
Sport, Society and the Sporting Media
Sports Studio TV Skills
Sports News and Reporting

Year two
Core units

Sport Policy in the 21st Century
Multi-platform Sports Journalism
Writing Sports Features
Web Production for Sports Journalists
Sporting Culture and Mega Events

Options

Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
Solent Press
Lifestyle PR
Lifestyle Journalism
Global Affairs
Magazine Production
Music Journalism
Photographic Practices
Presenting Skills
Web Layout and Web Design
Motoring Journalism
Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
The Ambitious Writer

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Sports Journalism Multimedia Project
The Sports Journalist’s Toolbox
Life as a Freelance Sports Journalist

Options

Dissertation
Major Project
Digital Photography
Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
Advanced Photography
Travel Features
Digital Magazine Publishing
Investigative Journalism
Journalism and Film
Reporting Politics
Solent Press
Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
Transferable Journalism
Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

Essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments, audio and video production projects and written examinations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Business, Law and Communications School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Media professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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